Religions play a major role in social conflicts all over the world – as fire accelerants, but also as peacemakers. Nonetheless, while many conflicts are ostensibly religiously motivated, they are often an expression of deeper-seated crises and conflicts – over land, for example, or power, influence and money. Interfaith dialogue can help overcome these conflicts.
With this in mind, missio, the International Catholic Mission Society in Aachen, Germany, is conducting a two-day international digital conference on ‘Interfaith Dialogue’. The topic will be considered from a variety of viewpoints; stakeholders in interfaith dialogue will have an opportunity to speak and to offer insights into specific examples of international projects to promote dialogue of the religions.
Following the successful ‘peace conference’ in 2020 , the ‘dialogue conference’ is the second international digital missio event of this kind. The conference, which will be held online, is geared towards interested parties in the fields of peace work, international development work, conflict research, and intercultural and interfaith dialogue.
Dialogue between religions is not a sign of weakness, it finds its raison d'être in God's dialogue with humanity. Our religious traditions are a necessary source of inspiration to foster a culture of encounter. It is fundamental for there to be interreligious cooperation, based on the promotion of sincere and respectful dialogue that goes towards unity without confusion, maintaining identities.
Pope Francis on the Abu Dhabi document “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” at a meeting organized in Rome by an Argentinian group under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, November 2019
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. | Technical and organisational information *
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. | Opening and welcome *
Block 1: Would the world be more peaceful without religion?
9.15 – 10.30 a.m. | Panel discussion *
11:00 – 12:30 a.m. | Keynote remarks *
Block 2: Dialogue of Life (Padlet )
2:00 – 3.00 p.m. | Keynote remarks *
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Workshops
6:30 - 7:30 pm | Culture and spiritual experience
Block 3: Dialogue in Celebration (Padlet )
9:00 – 10.30 a.m | Keynote remarks *
11:00 – 12:30 a.m | Workshops
Block 4: Dialogue of Faith (Padlet )
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Keynote remarks
3:30 – 5:00 pm | Workshops
The Khrist-Bhakta Movement and Matridham Ashram as an Example of Hindu-Christian Dialogue in North India (Fr. Prem Anthony IMS, Varanasi, India) | in English
5:00 – 5:15 p.m. | Evaluation of the conference
5:15 – 5:30 p.m. | Conclusion of the conference
We reserve the right to make changes to the program.
* Translation: English/German, German/English